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Welcome to the August Edition of Tower News

We provide the Tower Monthly newsletter to you to keep you informed and up to date with important news, including any changes that are happening in the Strata Industry. It contains news and articles relating to apartment living, particular to the South East Queensland region – and this link will take you to all the informative blogs posted recently on our website.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our lives, the lives of our families, friends, acquaintances and those within our respective body corporate communities – and the wider community.

The situation in Victoria (particularly the number of deaths amongst the elderly), hotspots in New South Wales and New Zealand (which had been COVID free for a period of 102 days) has shocked us all and sounded warning bells to not become complacent.  

Our borders are closed again which will impact on all Queenslanders, particularly those businesses which rely heavily on tourism, BUT schools break up on Friday 18 September and there will be many children and parents looking to get out of home and holiday – somewhere!  Queensland has some fabulous  destinations.  The Gold Coast theme parks (Sea World, Movie World & Wet'n'Wild) are open for business and Dreamworld re-opens on 16 September - and further North, the Great Barrier Reef is calling.  If you live on the Gold Coast and are not planning to stray too far, support your local businesses, venture inland or just get yourself up to the hinterland and visit places like Mt Tamborine and any of the many attractions, ‘foodie places’ or wineries.

Now is the time to review your COVID Safe plans. 
To keep COVID-19 at bay, all bodies corporate need to ensure that the Directions of the Chief Health Officer are complied with in relation to their common property areas and communal facilities.  The continuation of enhanced cleaning routines and measures such as social distancing, personal hygiene including frequent washing of hands, coughing into the elbow and those with COVID-19 like symptoms not using communal facilities, need to be encouraged.  Appropriate signage on your complex, and easy access to disinfectant sprays and wipes for those entering your premises and having to touch door handles and lift call buttons, can be very helpful.

Compliance with these measures will help guard against community transmission should COVID-19 re-emerge in Queensland.

We are very happy for you to forward our newsletter onto family, friends or colleagues - even if they are not part of the Tower Body Corporate community. 

Kind Regards,

The Tower Body Corporate Team

The Community Management Statement (CMS) – What Is It?

Tammy Lynch, Tower Body Corporate
The Community Management Statement is important to strata lot owners as it contains information about who owns what plus the scheme rules.


Q&A Authorising Common Property Changes or Improvements

Alanna Hill,
Mathews Hunt Legal

Question: I want to build a permanent pergola that will go into the common property airspace. Do I need approval?

Income from Body Corporate Common Property

Tammy Lynch, Tower Body Corporate
Does your body corporate receive income from public car parking, payments for use of common property to convene functions and the like? If so, Taxation Ruling probably applies to this income.


Q&A Wheel Clamping to Solve Visitor Parking Problems. Is this an Option?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Can my body corporate put wheel clamps on a vehicle parked in visitor parking?

Answer: Absolutely not.


Latest News

Why natural ventilation is so hard to come by

Russell Hall, The Fifth Estate
Natural ventilation, or lack of. The modernist triumph of bare-arse glass for fully airconditioned office buildings has become the ubiquitous answer for high rise residential. Brisbane is now plagued by them. Pretty much the same for other Australian capitals with different climates.

Gold Coast Airport Rail Plans Pick Up Steam

Renee McKeown, The Urban Developer
Plans are picking up steam to connect the Gold Coast light rail to the airport and create a pedestrian “ocean-way” along Palm Beach.

From fibro shacks to shimmering high rises: The evolution of the Gold Coast

Elicia Murray, Domain
In old black-and-white photos, the Gold Coast of the 1950s is almost unrecognisable from today’s shimmering metropolis, unless the viewer has a keen eye for that sweeping stretch of white sand and distant hinterland.

Council Releases Brisbane River Master Plan

Renee McKeown, The Urban Developer
Council’s vision for the redevelopment of $700 million worth of land along Brisbane River including Eagle Street Pier has been unveiled in its City Reach waterfront masterplan.

Airbnb bans house parties on its rented properties worldwide to comply with coronavirus gathering restrictions

ABC News
Airbnb is banning house parties worldwide as it tries to clean up its reputation and comply with coronavirus-related limits on gatherings.

What’s on at the Gold Coast

No Dali, perhaps, but it all points to a Swell time for sculpture lovers

Katrina Beikoff, INQueensland
SWELL Sculpture Festival artist director and curator, Natasha Edwards, said the 1km sands of Currumbin Beach would give rise to around 40 large-scale sculptures to remain the focal point of the 2020 festival from 11-20 September, but this year there would also be a new westerlySWELL in Mudgeeraba, a northerlySWELL in Helensvale and even an easterlySWELL on Chevron Island.